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This colorful vest is worn by young Wodaabe men (also known as Bororo Fulani) during a series of dances called "gerewol". The Wodaabe are well-known for their body adornment and their annual festival "Yaake" which is a kind of beauty contest that involves the young men. The best dancer and best...

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Provenance

1975, gift of Carol Beckwith to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Wodaabe peoples, Niger, 20th century, 1950–75

Object Place

Niger

Dimensions

Overall: 36 x 29 cm (14 3/16 x 11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2766

Medium or Technique

Cotton fabric, yarn, dyed

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Textiles